Biking is a great cardio activity to mix up your routine and help you build up endurance and power. It is excellent for those days when it is too nice to spend a long time in the gym and can be a very intense exercise experience if done on the right trail. Here are some of the best places and most challenging places to ride your bike in New Jersey; I tried to select ones in different areas of the state so no matter where you live you have one not too far from you:
Sandy Hook Bike Path
The Sandy Hook bike path is located in Monmouth County and spans along the Sandy Hook peninsula. During this trail, you will not only be challenged to bike through a variety of terrains, but you will also be met with numerous panoramic and scenic views. You will pass by the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, which is the oldest operating lighthouse in the country, as well as the historic site of Fort Hancock, a fort built in 1764.
Pine Barrens River Ramble
This bike loop, extending in both Atlantic County and Burlington County, is good for those who are looking to build up their endurance. The trail loop is 42.6 miles long and passes by three major rivers, scenic pine and oak forests, and bogs and marshes.
The Cape May Shoreline Ride
This trail is a full loop that starts and ends at the Cape May Lighthouse parking lot, in Cape May County. Bikers pass through a variety of human-made and natural-made attractions, including beautiful Victorian houses, beaches, boardwalks, and wetlands. The entirety of the trail spans a little over 45 miles and provides both challenges and panoramic views.
Kittatinny Valley State Park
This park and bike trail is located in Sussex County. It has an incredibly diverse terrain, and a large part of this terrain is comprised of wetlands and swamps. Two separate well-known trails run through this park, one is 27 miles long and called the Paulinskill Valley Trail. The short of the two is the 20 miles long Sussex Branch Trail. Each one provides an entirely different experience, and are trails that can be traveled again and again without getting bored.